New Community Wind Power Program For Schools Launched by Northern Power Systems
Now this is pretty neat: Northern Power Systems has launched a community wind power package aimed at education. It's based around their Northwind 100 wind turbine and includes an entire education package built around it.
Schools get 1) the aforementioned Northwind 100--a 100 kilowatt rated wind turbine that Northern Power touts as being able to start making power with wind speeds as low as 6 mph; 2) a web-based monitoring and control system for the turbine; 3) a public access website plus demonstration kiosk that provides real-time monitoring of the wind turbine's performance; and 4) a wind power curriculum set:
which is standards-based, age-appropriate, and designed by teachers at the National Energy Education Development Project (NEED). The curriculum set includes teacher guides, student notebooks, classroom kits, and a specially designed "your school's turbine" curriculum unit that makes use of individual site-based performance data (one set of all grade levels is included in the package; additional sets are also available).
McGlynn Middle School in Medford, Massachusetts has one of the turbines installed: View the SmartView Public View data for their Northwind 100.
via: Renewable Energy World
image: Northern Power Systems
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